Jun 30, 2008 2:19pm
Re: Grateful Diamond
Looks like my buddy's uncle fell for this April Fools joke. Check out that setlist...http://groups.google.com/group/rec.music.gdead/msg/70f3a06af76fc649
GRATEFUL DEAD with NEIL DIAMOND
with BRUCE HORNSBY and FERRANTE & TEICHER
4/1/92 GREEK THEATRE
Hell in a Bucket
Wake Up Little Susie**
Bye, Bye Love**
Coming to America->
Holly Holy Corina
Touch of Grey
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show->
Red, Red Wine*->
encore: Box of Rain
* Ferrante & Hornsby on accordions
** Neil Diamond assisted on lead vocals
Wherever else they may have been seen on the first day of April 1992, the Grateful Dead definitely did appear at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles as well. Whisked by helicopter from their chartered Concorde at LAX to the Greeks, the show started about 11:00 pm PST, adding to the legend of these spring Stealth shows which began two or three years ago when they shared a stage with Madonna.
We got to the venue several hours before the show, and found a number of people in line who looked like they'd been "on tour" for the last couple months. We sat down in the line, excited about sharing Dead stories, rumors, and such, only to discover that these were actually L.A. homeless people who had been hired by various Diamondbacks (Neil heads) to sit in line for them. A few of them even had tickets, and had been instructed to go in and save seats for people who wouldn't be getting off work until right before the show started...
The people in line were friendly, though, and had some interesting stories to tell... a few even follow Neil on tour like migrant farm workers, sitting in line for local Diamondbacks and occasionally even getting into the shows. They told us about the parking lot scene at Neil's shows - "two cars to three spaces" seemed to be the rule, and they cracked us up with stories of "Moondog the Microbus Guy" who had gone to his first Neil show and had been outraged at the parking scene, and the fact that the parking lot guards had made him fix the oil leak in his bus so that it wouldn't spray on other parked cars.
Apparently, using duct tape to save whole aisles of parking places has become something of a problem at Neil's shows, and he has had the unique experience of losing partial venues. When he plays at the Oakland Coliseum, for example, which normally seats 15,000, they can only sell about 9000 tickets, simply because of the unavailability of parking spaces. They also showed us a letter from Neil talking about the lack of phones in venue parking lots and suggesting, "if you don't have a car phone, don't come to the show!"
We entered the arena and headed down toward the stage. Most of the seats near the front filled up quickly, but we found what appeared to be some real killer seats about halfway back in the Phil zone. I say "appeared to be" because... it wasn't until about halfway through the first song that we realized we were sitting right in the middle of the "beeper section." That's right. _Everybody_ around us was beeping all night long, and by the start of "Good Lovin'" we had given up entirely on trying to tape the show, between the pagers going off and people screaming at their stockbrokers over the cellular phones being passed around like joints... that's why there won't be a tape tree for this one. Sorry...
The stage was... well, packed. From left to right, we had: Neil Diamond's grand piano down front, with Ferrante and Teicher's twin grand pianos on a riser behind Neil. Phil, Bobby and Jerry a little more crowded together than usual in front of the drummers. Vince and Bruce (the fourth grand piano) in their usual places at the right side of the stage.
Bobby opened with a rocking "Hell in a Bucket," which got the Deadheads on their feet, but really seemed to confuse Teicher, who left most of the jamming to Ferrante. Jerry followed up with "Tennessee Jed," which led naturally into Neil's first song of the night, "Kentucky Woman."
The next three songs were group efforts, with Neil helping out on vocals on songs the Dead had covered in the past. A nice "Good Lovin'" started us out, followed by the surprise return of "Wake Up Little Susie" and "Bye, Bye Love." Each with entirely unrehearsed six-part harmony (yes, Phil sang too!).
The set ended with Neil's "Coming to America" leading into "U.S. Blues."
The second set opened with what I have described in the set list as "Holly Holy Corina." The "" symbol is about the best way I can describe the way this one went; both are essentially one-chord rock and roll, so the band just got into a groove and Bobby and Neil traded off singing verses, choruses, or whatever came to mind. The Diamondback sitting next to me listed this as "Holy Corina" - based on what I could see on his laptop display.
At the end of the song, Neil got up and walked over to Jerry and they talked for a moment. Jerry walked up to the mic and said, "Neil just told me that a lot of you want to hear the _hit_. We'll go ahead and play it anyway..." The next song was "Touch of Grey" - technically, anyway. It seemed like the band was doing everything in its power to make it sound NOT like the recorded version.
Neil's "Brother Love" and Bobby's "Estimated" made a perfect pair. We thought we were going to hear "Cherry Baby" but the vocals never came in, so I've just listed it as a jam. "Drums" followed; however, with four grand pianos on stage, there was no Space.
"Red, Red Wine" was a little bit of a surprise out of Drums, but led perfectly into "Wharf Rat." "Sweet Caroline" and "Sugar Magnolia" made another great combination of songs to close out the show.
Jerry apparently wanted to let Neil do the encore; he was drawing a big diamond shape with his hands, trying to get everybody's attention. Phil apparently misunderstood the sign, and we got "Box of Rain."
As I breakfasted the next morning on the remains of the kind vegi quiche and ice cold chardonnay I had purchased the night before from a Diamondback girl in the parking lot (actually, I think I recognized her as one of the valet parking staff from earlier in the day), all I could say was... "what a long, strange trip it's been!"
Happy April Fools' Day!
This post was modified by wineland on 2008-06-30 21:19:36